The Powerboat Nation Team was in full force for this years 25th Annual Key West Poker Run presented by the Florida Powerboat Club. I had the privilege to throttle the new Goodwin Competition powered 388 Skater owned by Chris and Angela Bradley, all the way from Miami to Key West on the Wednesday departure and it was a blast. We didn’t run real hard but still managed to maintain about a 120 MPH average speed and the boat performed flawlessly.
This year about 180 boats registered for the run and of course another handful came on down on their own bringing what we estimate to be over 200 performance pleasure boats to Key West for a fun filled exciting week for us all. Our team was able to shoot lots of video and develop new content for this coming year and we got to meet many new boating friends and fans.
The outboards certainly seem to now dominate the scene as they were everywhere and we had the great opportunity to see some very cool and huge new offerings from Hydra-Sports, Nor-Tech, Sunsation, Deep Impact, and Cigarette. This size, complexity, luxury and amenities now found on these big Center Consoles is crazy. We ran a few of them through their paces and have some great video coming for you soon.
While the boats in the powerboat world have been changing the one constant is the great people of powerboating. All of us here at Powerboat Nation really appreciate all the support and accolades we receive this year. Standing in our booth in Poker Run village I was really taken back by just how many of you took the time to come over and talk with us and tell us how much you liked what we do. You are our fans and you are really appreciated by all of us here at PBN.
We have an incredible amount of video coming so be sure to check back to see all the great powerboat action from the Key West Poker Run.
The week also brought great heartache as the powerboating world lost an Icon when Joe Sgro died from injuries sustained in a terrible boating incident on Thursday’s departure. We extend our deepest sympathies to Joe’s family and friends and pray for them all.
Check out our photos from the run in Gallery One and Gallery Two